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Agriculture

  • Farmer's Market is a family affair

    Submitted by Maryellen Garrison
    Farmers Market is a family affair! Viola Shaw and family opened the Henry County Farmers Market on Saturday at the Courthouse in New Castle with a large variety of plants.  Each week as we get further into the season there will be more and more farmers, plants and produce showing up!  Support our local farmers and have a healthier diet by eating locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables this summer!

  • Tic-tic-ticking away in the outdoors

    Nearly anyone dealing with the outdoors runs across ticks sooner or later, and many activities can get you up close and personal with several ticks.

  • Get back to your New Years resolution and get active this spring

    New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or get healthier may be long forgotten, but spring, with its beautiful flowers and warmer weather, is the perfect time to rejuvenate those resolutions by getting active outdoors. 

    Most of us know that regular physical activity can help prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of some cancers, help you maintain a healthy weight; strengthen muscles and bones and improve your mental health. Regardless, most of us do not get the exercise we need.

  • Getting away on what you can afford

    As the end of the school year approaches, many people are looking forward to a family vacation. They offer a time to rest, rejuvenate and spend quality time together. However, increasing prices for gasoline, airfare, lodging and entertainment may make this year’s summer getaway more difficult. Instead of cancelling, there are several ways to trim the travel budget.

  • Drivers: be aware of farm equipment

    With the coming of planting season, we see an increased amount of farm equipment sharing our roads and highways.  The following was written by my counterpart in Gallatin County, David Hull, and appeared in their paper a couple of weeks back.  The message is appropriate for us, too.

  • Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference, June 11-14

    With summer just around the corner, it’s time for Kentucky 4-H teens to register for the 2012 Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.
    The conference will be June 11-14 at the University of Kentucky, and is open to all 4-H’ers who have completed the ninth grade through the age of 18.
    During the conference, 4-H members have the opportunity to experience dorm life in UK residence halls, attend educational and recreational workshops and meet new friends from across the state. 

  • Please join us at the Farmers Market

    Farmers markets provide a chance for us to get high-quality, fresh foods and support the farmers in their community. Selling at the markets gives farmers a chance to tell others about their operation and agriculture in general.

  • Students plan windowsill gardens

    Fourth and fifth graders across the county planted windowsill gardens this month during 4-H school clubs.

    Each class begins by completing a seed identification activity that requires them to draw a picture of the seed and list them by name and variety.

    The seeds that were used for the garden include: pumpkin, green bean, corn, cilantro, zinnia and tomato.

    Students received a sectioned tray with each of the seed names already labeled and filled with moistened peat pellets. 

  • Poor is a matter of perspective

    Long ago, in a land far away, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the rural countryside with the purpose of motivating his son to work hard by showing him how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights helping with the daily activities of a poor family.  Sharing meals at night with the family, they learned a little about the rhythm of life on the farm.

    On their return home from the trip, the father asked the son, “How was the trip?”

    “It was great, Dad.”

  • Host families needed for exchange program

    This summer, 15 young people from Japan and an adult chaperone will come to Kentucky to learn about American families and culture. A great way for you and your child to take part in this international experience is by becoming a host family for one of these students.

    Not only do 4-H host families get to enjoy helping the Japanese 4-H’er learn about American families and culture, but they also learn about Japanese culture, customs and history. Many times, lifetime bonds are created.